du·​ra·​ble | \ ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce durable (audio) also ˈdyu̇r- \

Definition of durable

: able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration in quality or value a durable suitcase also : designed to be durable durable goods

Other Words from durable

durability \ ˌdu̇r-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce durable (audio) , ˌdyu̇r-​ \ noun
durableness \ ˈdu̇r-​ə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce durable (audio) , ˈdyu̇r-​ \ noun
durably \ ˈdu̇r-​ə-​blē How to pronounce durable (audio) , ˈdyu̇r-​ \ adverb

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lasting, permanent, durable, stable mean enduring for so long as to seem fixed or established. lasting implies a capacity to continue indefinitely. a book that left a lasting impression on me permanent adds usually the implication of being designed or planned to stand or continue indefinitely. permanent living arrangements durable implies power to resist destructive agencies. durable fabrics stable implies lastingness because of resistance to being overturned or displaced. a stable government

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Something "durable" lasts a long time, so it's no surprise that the word comes to us, via Anglo-French, from the Latin verb durare, meaning "to last." Other descendants of "durare" in English include "during," "endure," and "durance" (which now mostly turns up in the phrase "in durance vile," a fancy way of saying "in prison"). "Durable" even has a near synonym in the much rarer "perdurable," which combines "durare" with the prefix per- (meaning "throughout") to create a word that can mean "lasting a very long time or indefinitely" or "eternal."

Examples of durable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a more durable option, there's also the waterproof Kindle Paperwhite Kids which is on sale for $115 ($45 off). Brenda Stolyar, Wired, 20 Nov. 2021 After building eight relatively durable wooden structures and having a bit of a look around, the Vikings seem to have just packed up and vamoosed. Joe Queenan, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, one of the key fabrics used was Tencel, a type of rayon made from the pulp of beech trees that ticks multiple boxes: sustainable, durable, flexible, and breathable. Liam Hess, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2021 Amazon shoppers love this pair of comfortable and durable mules that slip on and off with ease. Taylor Lane, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2021 The devices are much cheaper and durable than before. Chris Smith, BGR, 17 Nov. 2021 Making these products durable and sustainable reduces their impact, say experts. oregonlive, 16 Nov. 2021 The company known for its waterproof shoes has also designed an uber-durable sock. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Nov. 2021 The allegations against LaPierre may weaken the N.R.A., but the tactical culture that consolidated under his watch appears more durable. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of durable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for durable

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin durabilis, from durare to last — more at during

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“Durable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/durable. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of durable

: staying strong and in good condition over a long period of time


du·​ra·​ble | \ ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce durable (audio) , ˈdyu̇r- \

Kids Definition of durable

: able to last a long time durable furniture


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